S&T: Craig Michael Utter

Following a well-established trend of the last few years, refractors continue to dominate the telescopes introduced into the marketplace. If you’re looking for a moderate-aperture apochromat, consider the new arrival from TMB’s Signature Series, the TMB-130. This 5.1-inch f/7 apo designed by Thomas M. Back has a three-element, air-spaced objective made with ED glass. Other features include full multicoating, a retractable dew shield, and a dual-speed rack-and-pinion focuser with a 4-inch clear aperture and built-in rotator for adjusting the angle of star diagonals and cameras. Perhaps best of all is the price. At $3,999, it costs hundreds (even thousands) of dollars less than any comparable-size apo currently in production.

Contact: Astronomics, 680 SW 24th Ave., Norman, OK 73069; 800-422-7876; www.astronomics.com

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